Welcome to


June 2-5, 2019

Mount Saint Vincent University

K'jipuktuk (Halifax, NS)


Your invitation



Join us in June and bring it all—your stories and experience, your questions and challenges, an open heart and an open mind.

At THRIVE we’ll shine new light on our work, dig deeper into places we get stuck, ask big questions, and form new friendships with people we wouldn’t usually meet.

This year’s theme is relationship-building. We are learning that “how we thrive” begins with how we live and work together here in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded ancestral land of the Mi’kmaq.

We hope to see you in June!

The Design & Incubation teams


Voices from 2018



“Thank you so much for the gathering. I am really rocked by it, in so many ways. My world is bigger, I feel like I can see further, deeper, and feel much more connected." —Jayme Melrose, Common Roots Urban Farm

"THRIVE has allowed me to see that it is not just Indigenous people who care about fixing relationships and honouring our past and future. This gathering has given me a new glimpse of hope.”  —Jasmine Collins, Glooscap First Nation

“I learned lots, met some great folks, and came away re-invigorated.” —Paul Shakotko, Inspiring Communities

“I have made so many valuable connections and am enlightened by listening to and experiencing community-based enterprises, ideas and experiments." —Jena Lokapriya, KPMG


What we’ll do


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Big conversations, small groups, meal breaks, movement, art, music, quiet walks on wooded trails…we’ll have lots of opportunity to check in with old friends, make new connections, and engage new allies.

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Our home base is a nine-hour learning stream for 15-30 people. Each stream introduces hands-on tools and practices for thriving in our teams, communities and systems.

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Together we are creating a safe space to stretch our thinking, unlearn patterns that no longer serve us, and apply creative approaches and ways of knowing and doing to our work.

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We are growing our capacity to thrive—in ourselves and our communities—no matter what the future may bring. We are linking with others and seeing our work as part of a bigger movement to regenerate the systems that sustain us.




200 change-makers, community builders, and knowledge holders from rural and urban communities across Mi’kma’ki.
A total of 9 hours, 15-30 people in each stream.   Find out more and choose one.



Sun. June 2

1:00 pm Registration

2:00 pm Indigenous-led opening

5:30 pm Dinner

6:30 pm Together we Thrive (Pecha Kucha story-telling)



Mon. June 3

8:30 am Arriving

9:30 am Learning streams

1:00 pm Lunch & networking

2:30 pm Glimpses of Thriving (break-out sessions)

5:00 pm Harvest

5:30 pm Open (dinner off-site)



Tues. June 4

8:30 am Arriving

9:30 am Learning streams

1:00 pm Lunch & networking

2:30 pm Moving forward (action groups)

5:30 pm Dinner

6:30 pm Arts evening



Wed. June 5

8:30 am Arriving

9:30 am Learning streams

1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Reflections and Indigenous-led closing

3:30 pm Depart



Fees includes all events, 3 lunches and 3 suppers. Teams from the same organization or network are eligible for a 10% discount.

$575 Regular ($625 after April 19)

$430 Reduced* ($480 after April 19)

* nonprofit, student, unwaged 

Cancellation policy: Before April 19, full refund minus a 15% processing fee. After April 19, 50% refund. After May 15, no refunds, though a substitute may be sent.

Scholarships: Some partial scholarships are available. Apply here.


Places to stay



There are lots of AirBnB and other places to stay in Halifax, but the most convenient option is onsite. Rooms are available in the Mount’s Westwood residence at a special rate of $44.07/night, including taxes and breakfast. The rate applies to a single dorm room with shared baths or an apartment share. Westwood has mostly four-bedroom fully furnished apartments complete with living room, kitchen, and two bathrooms.

Book your room by sending an email directly to the Mount reservations@msvu.ca or by filling out the online form on this page. Be sure to let them know you are with How We THRIVE.



Our gathering will take place in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq.

We will meet at Mount Saint Vincent University, on the Bedford Highway just outside Halifax, in the Rosaria Student Centre and the new McCain Centre.